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STEP 2

Update Your Defenses

You boost your digital immunity against threats such as viruses, spyware and more when you keep your systems updated. Most devices and applications can be configured to automatically update.

Most devices and applications can be configured to automatically update. First, see the inventory list you created in the Know What You Have toolbox to go through each device and application you have to configure for automatic updates. Check the instructions or support pages for your devices or application. 

Check each item off your list as you go, and be sure to take this step every time you start using a new device or application. Also, see if there are recommended security settings – a “configuration” – for your devices and applications.

Internet of Things (IoT) devices need to stay up to date too. In 2019, security researchers found that Wi-Fi-enabled cameras from an industry-leading manufacturer could have ransomware remotely installed, disabling access to photos taken by that camera. Smart speakers and other similar devices should only be used in areas where there is no expectation of privacy, and they should be updated frequently.

2.2 Encrypt Your Data

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